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Acupuncture and Natural Medicine Benefits. Learn simple, yet effective tips on how to improve your health naturally!

Using acupuncture to treat premenstrual syndrome

February 17, 2015

Recent research has found real acupuncture to be effective in treating the symptoms of menopause and PMS. It was initially published in the Journal of Menopause because the symptoms can be very similar to PMS and the study found that real acupuncture as opposed to “sham” acupuncture yielded tangible results in reducing hot flashes and…

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Think you got SIBO?

February 16, 2015

What is SIBO you might ask? Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth aka SIBO, is an emerging clinical concern and numerous studies are coming out about the causes and possible treatments around SIBO. SIBO is defined as an abnormal increase in bacteria in the upper part of the small intestine (4). When the good bacteria get to…

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Overcoming winter blues with Chinese medicine

February 13, 2015

You’re Getting Sleepy… During the winter, it is natural to feel a little sleepier, slower and possibly less motivated. It’s the season of stillness and conservation. It’s a period of hibernation and our time to rest, slow down and revitalize our reserves. Winter is a great time of year to reflect on our health, replenish…

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Acupuncture Helps to Relieve Depression

February 10, 2015

At Starting Point Acupuncture and Wellness in Bothell, WA, we are commonly asked what can acupuncture and naturopathic medicine treat besides pain? Our response is…well just about everything! Since acupuncture works by using your parasympathetic nervous system to push your body to heal itself, a good “side effect” from most acupuncture treatments is the overall…

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Acupuncture and natural medicine can help with sinusitis.

The Power of Positivity

February 4, 2015

The world today can be a difficult place, full of stressful situations and worrying prospects but far more importantly it is also a place of love, compassion and positivity. It is far too easy to get lost in the fast pace of modern life and let negativity infect you and, in time, become you. Most…

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Sore throat? Try this!

January 27, 2015

Feeling “a cold coming on”? Try this soothing and immune boosting recipe to combat sore throat! Dry Cough Pear & Almond Soup 5 ripe Asian pears 4 handful of almonds 2 quarts of water honey fresh mint leaves Cut pears in half and remove stem and seeds. Chop into small pieces. Place four handfuls of…

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Eczema, what is it telling you?

January 26, 2015

Starting Point Acupuncture was featured in the Winter 2015 Issue of Try Acupuncture Magazine. The Try Acupuncture Magazine has several featured articles including, “Healing with acupuncture during times of stress”, “Help for PMS and cramps: the alternative answer”, and “Good news for Crohn’s disease sufferers”, and Dr. Heintze’s article “Eczema, what is it telling you?”…

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Acupuncture and anxiety

How to End Seasonal Affective Disorder and Start Loving Winter

January 25, 2015

Many people feel down as winter approaches. It’s dark. It’s cold. The holidays can be stressful. But for some people every winter is unbearable. They’re tired and depressed. They don’t want to get out of bed. They snap at their families and binge on junk food. These people have seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Our moods…

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Acupuncture can help with stress and anxiety

Cold and flu prevention with acupuncture

January 23, 2015

Wei Qi provides an “immune system-like” barrier that protects the body from harmful pathogenic factors that can cause illness and disease. When we are exposed to bad air, germs, and viruses, our first line of defense, according to Chinese medicine is our Wei Qi barrier. Over time, Wei Qi can become weakened and unbalanced due…

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Insomnia and acupuncture

Acupuncture and Insomnia

December 20, 2014

Suffer from poor sleep? Acupuncture can help! Acupuncture has shown to help achieve a relaxing and sound sleep. Two powerful points in the ear can send you off to dreamland. Take a moment: Make some time in your schedule for a pre-sleep relaxation ritual. Taking a hot bath just before bed has been shown to…

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Acupuncture helps those with PTSD

Acupuncture and PTSD

November 14, 2014

What is PTSD? PTSD is a physiological disorder that can result from being exposed to a traumatic event. The disorder results in several different symptoms. Re-experiencing. Some PTSD sufferers relive the traumatic event over and over. This can be in the form of bad memories, nightmares and flashbacks. Sights, sounds and smells can trigger re-experiencing…

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Cancer Care with Acupuncture

Cancer Care: How Acupuncture Helps

November 1, 2014

Cancer. It’s a diagnosis that no one wants to hear. It can leave you feeling frightened, uncertain, and powerless. But if you or a loved one is facing cancer, it’s important to have hope. In many cases, cancer can be cured, especially when it’s detected early. There are more treatments available now than ever before…

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Acupuncture treats SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder

Tips for Seasonal Affective Disorder

October 27, 2014

Don’t let Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) get you down this winter! How to prepare for those dark gloomy days ahead… Did you know that there are simple ways to stay healthy and happy during the Fall and Winter? Yes there are! Studies have shown that Seasonal Affective Disorder aka “SAD” can be prevented. What is…

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Acupuncture and Digestion

Your Super Spleen: Key to Digestive Health

October 10, 2014

The Spleen and Stomach rule the summer season. That means these organs are now most active, accessible, and unfortunately prone to problems. They are also associated with the “Earth” element. Earth provides support and nourishment for all life. Likewise, these active organs provide the body with nourishment. Food is ingested, digested, transformed, transported, and assimilated…

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Acupuncture for Quitting Smoking

October 6, 2014

Consider kicking the habit! 5 Facts to Know When Using Acupuncture to Quit Smoking Smoking is a strong, complicated addiction. Quitting smoking is no small task and you will need lots of support to be successful. You need the best tools to help with the physical and emotional symptoms, and acupuncture is a great resource…

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